Project B11 (Demske)

Information Structure and Clause Combining

Description

The present project addresses the question which linguistic means are used for information packaging in German text sources originating from the 15th and 16th century. Specifically, the project focusses on two procedures of information packaging, i.e. the foregrounding and backgrounding of information units in complex sentences and (ii) the relative ordering of segments in asymmetric discourse relations. The time slot chosen from the history of the German language is of particular relevance, because we observe language-internally the development of appropriate linguistic markers and language-externally the shift from oral to written forms of narration.

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